Better way to snag a thread under a quilted top

I am quilting the second of three Cubs quilts and the repetition must have made me lax at clipping, removing threads. Or maybe the fabrics I am using are unusually thready but recently I looked down and there were threads everywhere! Yikes, what to do?

Luckily I had written a blog post about this before. Almost a year ago I had a thread trapped under the quilt top and I used a really long needle. I teased the 2017-03-02-002thread towards the hole where the needle had entered and it was a long process.

I didn't want to go through all that again. Plus I felt the needle made a hole in the block which went away once I washed the quilt. Today I am sharing a better way to snag a thread under a quilted top.

Can you see the blue frays that have made themselves an unwelcome element of my quilt? Naturally I had 2017-03-02-003already quilted this part of the quilt. Grrr. I didn't want to use a needle again.

Then I remembered a trick a reader had written about when I had posted the thread post on my Facebook page last year. She shared that she used the smallest crochet hook she had
2017-03-02-005to snag and remove the thread. I immediately ordered the smallest hooks for the cheapest price that I could find.

I slipped the hook into the white fabric. I moved it to the thread and pulled it up to the outside. I could not believe how easy it was and 2017-03-02-006how fast.

I was able to pull out even small thread, little pieces that had frayed off the fabric. There was only one that I didn't get on the first try. I did all of them faster than I had captured one with a needle.

When I ordered the tiny crochet hooks I didn't know which size would work best but I think you only need a size #10. I felt secure once they were in my studio, I was positive now that I had the exact tool, I would never have the thread problem again.

Wrong!

It was actually fun to clean up the threads quickly. I think it took me longer to find where I had put the hooks! I was finished in under two minutes.

Then I was able to go on and make new and different mistakes!

Sew happy!

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